I’ve had this thing for snails since highschool. My friend Jen and I did an ‘experiment’ for our AP Bio class about what environments snails liked the best… When it came time for the science fair, we hadn’t actually done most of the experiment but we made a killer tri-fold and brought tupperware containers for all the snails we used in the experiment. I got really good at convincing people that they were good pets. So much so that I kept the last one for myself and named it Arturo. Sounds lame, but they really are fun pets. Watching them crawl up the side of a clear case is awesome… you get to see how they slide along from the bottom side. I fed arturo slices of potatoes and put fresh leaves in his little dirt case… but eventually the potatoes stopped being eaten, and I figured he had died. I put his shell out in the garden, for a nice resting place. I don’t know if arturo was really dead or if I just freed him for a more snail appropriate life… but my fascination with snails has persisted….

kissing snails

When I was out in LA I bought this postcard, and framed it in the upstairs hallway. I love it, though Chris thinks its kinda gross.

Basically, snails are Awesome!

Flower at The Getty

Flower at The Getty

Yesterday was packed. We went to the Getty, an amazing free museum. I have tons of photos up on Flickr, so click on through to paruse them. The Getty has some great grounds… the weather was a little cloudy when we first got there, but cleared up pretty quickly.

One of the coolest things at The Getty was an exhibit called “Tango With Cows”, book art of the Russian Avant-Garde, 1910-1917. They had displays that would play the russian reading of the poetry in the books, and some really cool replica books you could leaf through. My favorite quote: “Let us all be heads of lettuce | Let us not let knives upset us” Awesome. (You can look at the books and listen here).

Nothing better than realistic water

Nothing better than realistic water

After walking around by UCLA and getting coffee and some awesome shirts at the $3.99 store (yes, everything in the store is $3.99), we went to Christine’s work, Bob Industries, to help her friend shoot a music video. They’re doing all this crazy after-effects work. We helped build the little town, and played in front of blue screen (to be later shrunk down and placed in the town). Hope it works out well.

By the end of the day, exhaustion.


¡Lotería!
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After getting off the bus, thinking I was heading the wrong direction. Then walking and waiting and getting on the same bus… I finally made it to my breakfast destination, ¡Lotería! Jaime and I got lunch there on the first day of adventuring, and I was tempted at the time to try the huevos rancheros. Oh my goodness, am I glad I went back. Fantastic. Great Mexican coffee, too. The rain really started to pick up on my walk from the Farmer’s market to the La Brea tar pits.

excavation site

excavation site

I wanted to take a photo like Alexis’s, but there was no one around to ask to take the shot, and it was terribly dreary anyway. I got some shots from inside the little observation shack next to pit 91. I wonder how they first got the idea to dig down into the tar pit instead of just avoiding the whole thing cause it was gross. Went from the La Brea tar pits to LACMA, and saw some amazing work. The Vanity Fair exhibit was really cool. I wandered my way through the modern art section. I really liked a panel painting, “The Red Rose and The White Rose” (1902) by Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh. Also a piece by Thomas Wilfred. It was ‘light art’. He made these machines he called Caviluxes (latin for light played by key) that performed ‘concerts of light’. The one at LACMA is called Opus 161 and has a total running time of one year, 315 days and 12 hours. Apparently there are only 18 automatic claviluxes. Really cool. Seriously, if you don’t click another link I have here, click one of his… amazing. There was also an interesting Indonesian textile exhibit, with a few pieces dating as far back as 1419-1520. I liked the quote on the blurb about the exhibit- “For Indonesians the art of weaving- the intercrossing of the warp and the waft- symbolizes the structure of the cosmos. The warp threads fastened between the two ends of the loom represent the predestined elemnets of life, while the weft threads passing back and forth and in and out denote life’s variables.” (Paramita Abdurachman) It seems weaving is liked to fate and cosmos in many cultures. The coolest part of that exhibit was that I think the woman who owns all the work and was the guest curator, Mary Hunt Kahlenberg, was actually showing some friends of hers around the gallery when I was in there. I wanted to talk to her, but she left before I got the nerve.

I was planning on stopping at the Hollywood cemetary on my way home, but the rain picked up again when I got on the bus to head back, so axed that plan. Not sure what the plan is for Friday night in LA…..


Wind Sculpture

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I’ll update about the day today later… but for now, wind sculpture in Barnsdale park… so meditative. The squares are made out of some sort of rice paper.

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A rough re-creation of my walking trail

A rough re-creation of my walking trail

So, I spent a lot of time walking around yesterday. Plan to repeat today. Though this time I think I have a better idea of where I am supposed to go. Yesterday I got confused and walked South for a long time, looking for Franklin. Yeah, but that street, and the shops I was told to visit, are all north. Yay for walking in a big circle! I bought a map, but of course it ends at Hollywwod Blvd, which is not nearly north enough for where I was and was heading. Eventually I decided to walk to Griffith park. I wandered around for a bit, then saw a sign that said ‘trails’… “oh, trail maps” I thought. Nope, a really nice little cafe with blinking fairy lights and nice music, great place to end a day of walking. Eventually Jeff met me there and the night continued with less walking (went to MOCA, stopped by AFI), but that hour or two that I sat at the cafe may have been the most relaxing yet.

Trails Cafe in Griffith Park

Trails Cafe in Griffith Park

The plan today is to take a bus to the La Brea tar pits and the farmers market (even though I’ve already been to the market). Check out LACMA,  and when I get back towards Christine & Jaime’s, possibly walk around the Hollywood cemetery. We’ll see how it goes.

Did alot of walking around today, after meeting Christine for lunch. (Best salad ever…) But the nicest part of the day was when I almost-napped on the beach… waves and sand, how lovely.

Here’s the view from the Santa Monica pier. Also, I saw a guy who could have been a crackhead or Bubbles, the crackhead from the TV show The Wire. Hard to tell the difference in LaLaLand.

My camera can do this stitched-together panorama thing... sometimes works out, too!

My camera can do this stitched-together panorama thing... sometimes works out, too!

Bumblebee
Superman!

Jaime and I rode around on his motorcycle, doing fun touristy things…. We got lunch at the farmers market, and went to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. and saw the superhero re-enactors. There was a really good Bumblebee (from Transformers) costume. We also saw the superman from the documentary Confessions of a Superhero. Does that count as a celebrity siting?

We chased the sunset up to the observatory, slightly missing it but fun on the motorcycle with crazy turns. An amazing view.

some tourist shots
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My internal clock is all wonky…. but for once I’m waking up ‘early’! I’m trying to keep myself somewhat on east coast time, we’ll see how it works.
I’ve traveled to LA to visit friends from school… who I haven’t seen in almost two years. I can’t believe its been that long. We went to a farmers market yesterday and I got amazing fresh raspberries… in the middle of winter. Such a strange place, LA.
I brought knitting along on the plane, but didn’t really get much done. I hope to have my Hew wrap finished by the end of the trip. I’ll have plenty of time to work on it on the flight back, since I’ve already finished the book I brought with me and thought would last both directions.

Going to be touristy today, still not sure what the plan is, but I don’t really care… anything is fine by me, its just nice to be in good weather with good friends.